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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CNRLG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD box set. Region 1.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
It is unfortunate that this collection of Universal Dracula films were only released in this mega-DVD collection as a means of promoting the film Van Helsing, but the important thing is that they were released - including the inimitably weird House of Dracula on DVD for the first time. This collection inspired its own kind of bloodlust in my Dracula-loving heart, and I imagine all fans of Dracula and Universal's classic monsters movies of the 30s and 40s have either already purchased this set or are saving up the money to do so. Just look at the bounty of riches included here: the original 1931 classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, which you can view with both its original score as well as the modern score composed by Philip Glass and performed by the Kronos Quartet; the incredible and technically superior Spanish language version of Dracula; Dracula's Daughter (1936); Son of Dracula (1943) starring Lon Chaney, Jr.; House of Dracula (1945); an original documentary, The Road to Dracula, discussing the making of the English and Spanish versions of the original film; a commentary by film historian David J. Skal on the original film; theatrical trailers for the films; and, last and certainly least, a look at how the original Dracula franchise influenced director Stephen Sommers in the making of his new film Van Helsing.
I waited a long time to watch the Spanish version of the Dracula, and it lived up to its reputation. A much more complete and compelling version of the film, aided by an additional half hour running time, this movie equals or excels the English language version of the film in all ways - except, of course, for the performance of Bela Lugosi, who simply is Count Dracula. As for the Lugosi version, I'm torn between the two scores.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
Take Bela Lugosi away from Tod Browning's Dracula and it would collapse completely. Even with him it doesn't hold up at all well, making 70 minutes feel like seven hours as it crawls its flatfooted way through the plot points with barely a trace of style or imagination, making for possibly the dullest classic ever made. George Melford's Spanish version shot simultaneously on the same sets is infinitely superior thanks to beautifully fluid direction and a better script, but even that eventually runs aground in endless dialogue scenes and is hindered by the absence of Lugosi.

Dracula's Daughter starts off promisingly with Van Helsing arrested for the murder of Dracula only to be let off the hook when the count's daughter steals the body, but despite trying to bring something new to the formula through her desire to lose her family curse and live a normal life, in the end its all premise and no payoff. There's a mild lesbian frisson in Gloria Holden's scene with Nan Gray's model, but the film feels under-developed all the way and Marguerite Churchill's heroine is one of the most malicious and thoroughly unpleasant female leads imaginable.

Son of Dracula is in many ways the best of Universal's Dracula movies despite the studio's obsession with relocating their monster stable to the Deep South. Lon Chaney Jr. isn't quite as bad as usual as Count Alucard, but the real backbone of the film is a strong script with an interesting plot twist that's not afraid to leave its nominal hero in the throes of madness. The smoke effects are particularly enjoyable.

House of Dracula is another one of the studio's monster mashes, but and enjoyable one with good doctor Onslow Stevens finding himself with Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein Monster among his patients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tan on 10 July 2012
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The DVD contains almost all the Universal Dracula movies:

Dracula (With the option of a score)
Dracula (Spanish Version)
Dracula's Daughter
Son of Dracula
House of Dracula
(It should be noted that House of Frankenstein which features Dracula is on the Frankenstein legacy collection)

It would have been good if they included the Abbot and Costello monster movies for sheer completions sake. Probably the biggest problem is on the original Dracula is still censored for some reason while other releases are uncut, although the movie is still watchable, Renfield's screams are cut out along with Dracula's death groans being shortened slightly. Also it has a normal and a horrible flipper disc, it would have been better if they just had 3 ordinary one sided discs.

I'm such a sucker for those legacy collection box-set's I plan to buy all 6 because I love them so much (though the Creature from the black lagoon one seems to be quite rare and expensive for some reason) they look so awesome with the window cover and how the inside is kinda like a book, they look pretty neat when placed next to each other and don't take up very much room. Highly recommended.
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